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What is the Purdue OWL?

The Purdue OWL stands for the Online Writing Lab and is administered by Purdue University. It is considered one of the best websites on the American Psychological Association (APA) format. It offers numerous features including different citation examples, an APA sample paper as well as information on in-text citations, headings and seriation and much more.


Why should I use the Purdue OWL?

The reasons for using a site like the Purdue OWL are endless but some of them include:

-You aren't sure how to format a reference from an online journal...or a book...or a website (you get the picture)

-You have to set up your research paper in APA format and don't know where to start

-You've been told to include in-text citations in your next research paper...or else. But the term in-text citations is completely foreign to you

-Your professor mentioned something about "stylistics" but you still have a blank look on your face



How do I access the Purdue OWL?

First go to a search engine (personally, I like From there, type in the words Purdue OWL APA.

Your results should resemble the screen shot below. Click on the first link that says "APA Formatting and Style Guide."


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